(This review may contain spoilers).
Even though I wasn’t completely sure about this film, I thought it looked like an entertaining one to watch… and it was a good way to spend a couple of hours.
I liked seeing Ricki’s lifestyle in the band. I found her a likable character and it was also good to see that the other members of the band were well-defined characters as well. I also found it really easy to relate to the job she had and having to deal with issues there… although there was little in the way of conflict.
Julie was a character I had a lot of sympathy for. I felt able to empathise with her really well, since some of what she went through were things I’ve gone through in the past… especially with a mother who’s not always around. I thought that the tension between the family members came across really well… even though I did think Pete was incredibly irresponsible at certain points. At the same time, although I could see Maureen’s points when she and Ricki talked, I did find myself getting a bit irritated with her. However, by the end of the movie, I did like her.
I would have liked to see a bit more of Ricki interacting with her sons. The fact that she cared about her daughter was obvious, but I didn’t get quite that impression with Josh and Adam. It was good to see there was tension between Ricki and Adam… but I was disappointed in Ricki due to how she spoke to Adam.
There were some adult themes in this movie, but also things I felt could be quite hard-hitting. While I smiled at some scenes, there were others that were really emotional and that enabled me to connect to the characters.
I recognised quite a few of the actors in this movie and enjoyed watching them play off each other. The roles were believable and I felt there were real issues at least touched upon. There weren’t many ‘Aww’ moments in this… but those that were there really resonated with me.